A Samurai Warrior’s Creed

I have no parents – I make the heavens and earth my parents.

I have no home – I make awareness my home.

I have no life or death – I make the tides of  breathing my life or death.

I have no divine power – I make honesty my divine power.

I have no means – I make understanding my means.

I have no magic secrets – I make character my magic secret.

I have no body – I make endurance my body.

I have no eyes – I make flash of lightening my eyes.

I have no ears – I make sensibility my ears.

I have no limbs – I make promptness my limbs.

I have no strategy – I make “unshadowed by thought” my strategy.

I have no designs – I make “seizing opportunity by the forelock” my design.

I have no miracles – I make right action my miracles.

I have no principles – I make adaptability to all circumstances my principles.

I have no tactics – I make emptiness and fullness my tactics.

I have no talents – I make ready wit my talent.

I have no friends – I make my mind my friend.

I have no enemy – I make carelessness my enemy.

I have no armor – I make benevolence and righteousness my armor.

I have no castle – I make immoveable-mind my castle.

I have no sword – I make absence of self my sword.

– Anonymous Samurai, fourteenth century

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